- One used to distinguish different values of the same variable in a mathematical expression.
- One used to represent a unit of measurement, such as feet or minutes in latitude and longitude.
Guard dogs primed for attack.
The prime action of the drug.
The prime minister.
A prime advantage.
A team primed for a game.
An example of an adjective using prime is prime time, a television show on at 8pm.
An example of an adjective using prime is prime seating, front row center seats at a concert.
An example of an adjective using prime is prime aging, the best cut of beef.
Prime real estate; prime cuts of beef.
A prime candidate for the study.
Athletes in the prime of their lives.
This car is definitely past its prime.
9 and 16 are prime to each other.
- To distinguish between different values of the same variable.
- To distinguish a letter, number, or other character from another of the same kind, as A.
- For certain units of measure, as feet or minutes of arc.
A soprano in her prime.
Our prime concern here is to keep the community safe.
Both the English and French governments established prime meridians in their capitals.
Thirteen is a prime number.
3 is a prime.
To prime a witness.
The boys are primed for mischief.
Our prime consideration is for the children's safety.
- To encourage the growth or action of something.
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Origin of prime
- Middle English first in occurrence from Old French feminine of prin from Latin prīmus per1 in Indo-European roots Noun, sense 5, from Middle English from Old English prīm from Late Latin prīma (hōra) first (hour) from Latin feminine of prīmus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Origin uncertain; perhaps related to primage.